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Troubled health care sector of 2021



THERE are many health challenges facing the globe. In 2020, the world was locked down for months, following the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) which started in Wuhan, China. The dreaded disease claimed millions of lives, affected the world’s economy and government had to source for extra funds to contain the disease, which ran in four waves.

  The government provided more health personnel, health facilities to contain the spread which has developed from COVID-19 to Delta variant and the latest Omicron variant, found in South Africa.

  A medical Doctor, Nnamdi Ogbu said that the challenges in the health sector directly impacted the productivity of citizens and Nigeria’s economic growth by extension.

  He said that over half of Nigeria’s population live on less than $1.90 a day (‘Poverty Head-count’), making them one of the poorest populations in the world.

  An Epidiologist, Dr Chinyere Mba, observed that there are so many health challenges facing the globe. Some are communicable diseases, such as tuberculosis, hepatitis B, influenza Tuberculosis,, HIV/AIDS, COVID-19 , Delta variants, Omnicron variants and Non-communicable diseases. 

  The medical doctor noted that despite these challenges, the Nigeria governments, as well as Anambra State Government were keeping faith with their promises to providing quality health care delivery to the people.

  The Commissioner for Health in Anambra State, Dr. Vincent Okpala at the commissioning of a hospital in Awgbu in April, 2021,  enumerated the giant strides of the Obiano’s administration in the health sector.

  He disclosed that the state government has attracted National Basic Healthcare Provision Fund, to “Ndi Anambra” which the community benefited from, introduced Anambra State Health Insurance Agency,(ASHIA), revitalised and equipped some primary healthcare centres in various political wards in the state, building of an oxygen plant, among others.

  Just as he did in past years, Governor Obiano in 2021 embarked on so many health programmes.

Dr Okpala said that in April, 2021,  the governor presented cheques worth N288,500,000 to faith-based healthcare facilities in the state.

  The 59 recognised faith-based health facilities across the three senatorial zones and denominations in Anambra State benefitted from the grant.

  While Catholic healthcare facilities (42 recognised hospitals) got the total sum of N197,750,000, healthcare facilities managed by the Anglican faith ,26, were presented with a cheque worth N61,250,000, while the Pentecostal faith health facility(1) managed by the Pentecostals were presented with a cheque worth N30,000,000.

  According to the commissioner, since inception, Governor Obiano administration has given aid to faith-based facilities in the state to the tune of N2,000,174,000.

    In June, 2021, Governor Obiano commissioned a N50 million Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Eldorado Hospital, Awka.

  On September 11, 2021, Governor Obiano launched the first Mobile Technology Health Insurance Platform (MTHIP) and Data Operations Centre (DOC) in Nigeria with funding from European Union and technical support from the World Health Organization in Awka,

  The Mobile Technology Health Insurance Platform and Data Operations Centre is an electronic wallet for the Anambra State Health Insurance Agency (ASHIA) to cater for the health needs of the people.

  Governor Obiano said: “ASHIA has improved the ease with which Anambra people access healthcare in Anambra State, and it as an innovation and a legacy project of this administration.

 The launch was the renewal of enrollment of Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano into the Anambra State Health Insurance Scheme and adoption of over 1,200 poor and vulnerable community members in different categories into the scheme by dignitaries, of which 355 came from the United Nations.

  Recognising governor Obiano’s commitment in health sector development in the state,  the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, decorated the Governor, Chief Willie Obiano as a “Champion of Sustainable Development”

 In a bid to contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic ,which remained a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC), on December 7,2021, Governor Obiano, officially flaged-off the Mass Vaccination Campaigns (MCV) of COVID-19 Vaccines across the state, at the Anambra State Cold Store, Chukwuemeka OdumegwuOjukwu University Teaching Hospital (COOUTH), Amaku, Awka.

    Another big plus to Governor Obiano-led administration is that the state government received an approval to commence administration of booster doses of COVID-19 vaccines.

  As an action governor, Chief Obiano ensured that administration of the booster doses commenced on December,10.

  Recently, Anambra State Government upgraded the Chukwuemeka  Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital School of Nursing, Nkpor to a College.

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